Mussel Bar & Grille - Arlington

4.3
796 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
Here at Mussel Bar & Grille, sustainability meets affordability.

We serve the freshest fish and seafood from around the region and the world, including the best mussels in the region — and the beauty is you don’t have to make it an occasion to dine with us!

Because our volume is so high, and because of the buying power that comes when a prominent chef owns multiple, acclaimed restaurants, we’re able to keep our prices low — making Mussel Bar Arlington a destination where you can go gourmet every day.

Join us daily for happy hour, starting at 5, with $1 oysters (TUESDAY ONLY), great specials, and our selection of — count ’ em — nearly 160 beers (including the finest Belgians in the world). Check out our Facebook page for our wildly popular Oyster Fests.

Mussel Bar & Grille is a RW Group restaurant. www.rwrestaurantgroup.com

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian, Beer Garden, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch - Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Brunch - Saturday - Sunday 11:000am - 3:00pm
Dinner - Monday - Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bar - Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 11pm
The Happiest Hour - Monday - Sunday 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Validated Parking Ace Street Parking Garage starts at 5:00pm on Weekdays. 10:00am-2:00pm & 6:00pm-close on Saturday/Sunday
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Phone number
(703) 841-2337
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Merritt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson Boulevard
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Parking details
Validated parking now available starting at 5pm in the Ace Street Parking Garage
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Public transit
Ballston Metro Station
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Entertainment
NEW! Now Mussel Bar & Grille Arlington is offering gift cards which can be redeemed at any of RW Restaurant Group location. If you have any questions please contact us at 703 841 BEER.
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Special events & promotions
MUSSEL BAR AND GRILL offers dining capacity for up to 30 guests. Whether it is dining with a group of friends or celebrating an occasion, our menu is prepared and served as sharing style for your party to enjoy. Large parties are welcome for, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Happy Hour. 1 703 841 BEER.


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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 796 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Unsure what has happened to this place lately. We had three separate waiters come up to our table and say that they were taking care of us that evening, before we even got a glass of water. Once they finally brought our drinks, my G&T had a dried up old lime stuck to the side. We were there on a Sunday night, and the menu seems to have changed, and not for the better. We used to go there regularly, but we probably won't be back anytime soon.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great service!! Reception and the wait staff was outstanding. Food / salads were sufficient. Crab dip was unremarkable/ somewhat bland.

Overall an enjoyable evening!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Staying nearby so we decided to try Mussel’s. Food and service was great. Only negative for us was the noise level.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

As always, the food at Mussel Bar is excellent, as are the drinks; the service is attentive, too. I think this was the first time I had their "pizza" (really more of a baked cheese tart); it was the Kennett Square Mushroom and it was delicious. The portions are rightsized for dinner (don't expect to need a takeaway box) and presented very attractively. I had the peanut butter bar for dessert- very dense, with an amazing sweet/salt balance. The look of the place is sparse and industrial, and it can be noisy- we lucked out with a corner booth and could actually hold a conversation, but at other tables the sound levels can be a problem.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Very good beer selection. Authentic Belgian style food with exception of desserts.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Amazing food and great service!! :) Can’t wait to return!:)

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Friendly service, appealing menu. Great bar and wine list. Only negative was kitchen’s tendency to oversalt.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great experience overall with good food , nice drinks , helpful and friendly servers.

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

This was my go to favorite. Unfortunately the menu is now boring. There is only the veal burger option for burger eaters. The beer list is sad if an IPA is what you are looking for. Service is now slower for 6:30 on a Friday. 1 year ago this place could do no wrong.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

New waiter. Never brought bread. Never brought frites with mussels.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Service was OK but the food was really unremarkable. Had steak frits. The steak was cooked correctly but had little flavor and the sauce was bland. My son had salmon which also was lacking in flavor. All in all it was disappointing

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We ordered 3 mussle dishes (Thai, classic & Mediterranean). Fun place, nice service.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We have eaten at Mussel Bar & Grille many times before. As usual, the food and drink selection was spot-on. The service this time, unlike previous visits, was terrible. The waiter was intermittently attentive (usually when his manager said something) and extremely slow in delivering drinks. Too bad because the food was excellent.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

service was horrible. Wanted to split check between couples (which we asked for prior to ordering) when the meal was over, was handed the bill and asked to divide it up ourselves....crazy.

Also saw a guest at another table walk up to the bar and grab their own drink which was waiting for delivery.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great mussles in spicy green sauce!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Fantastic selection of international beer and wine. Great food - our party had a range from scallops to mussels and meat, all cooked to perfection and served hot to the table.
The cauliflower app and Brussel’s app are also fab!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I'm a French moules/frites person and my dinner was spot on. I'll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our first time with a friend. Loved the location, food selection and it was great to sit and have a nice meal and be able to talk with each other .

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Food is fine better than almost any bar. Beer selection is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Just a fantastic restaurant. Great for a date night.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My boyfriend and I come here every so often and this time we got the green Thai curry mussels. They weren’t my absolute favorite. I wish they brought out the bread first (it was so fresh, warm and delicious) instead of after we were almost done. The Brussel sprouts felt different this time and can’t compare to Zaytinya. The sweet potato fries were delicious and for just $2 extra - a great deal/value with the trio dipping sauce. The hostess totally ignored my request for a booth away from the bar and literally tried to seat us right next to the bar until I requested the farther corner - after all we were on a date and trying to enjoy each other’s company and have a conversation over dinner. There was a server in training who was nice but dropped out dishes very loudly on the table once startling me but he was learning. The waiter who he was training with didn’t seem very warm or friendly. Only concerned with up selling us on wine and dessert. The support staff who cleared the tables deserved a large share of the tips because the waiter who took our order and only came back to try to sell more... and then drop off the check. Maybe hirer waitstaff who want to work there or enjoy it. I also feel like the food is super greasy and I go away feeling overly unhealthy even though mussels, sprouts and fries aren’t shouldn’t be terrible.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Food was actually very good. It is the best of the Mussel Bar Restaurants by same owner. Consistent quality and great beer selection.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The chef specials frequently take center stage here, because of the creativity, remarkable flavor palettes, and enticing presentations.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Overall everything was fine, and it was was great that they validate parking, but it was quite expensive for the food it was.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mussels were great! Others in our party had non-seafood dishes and they were great too!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Reminds me of when I lived in Europe. Our server, Madie, was professional and her recommendations were excellent. I will recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

There for Mother's Day this year, but celebrated the day before on Saturday. Was terrific.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Lunch was very good and delivered to our table in a reasonable time. The server could have been a little more attentive. Dessert took too long to prepare and arrive. The manager was overseeing the restaurant's lunch preparation and delivery throughout our visit and seemed eager to please.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Front desk and wait staff worked hard to make this a very special occassion

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Try the Mediterranean mussels. You won’t be sorry.

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Good taste, good value, good service, please update parking guidance time availability on open table

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Way too loud. Could not hear the conversation at out own table. Food was good. Service mediocre as server was neither friendly nor attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had the mussels and it was delicious and fun the way they were presented in a cast iron pan for each person. Great waiter!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very tasty food, get beer selection, looking forward to going back!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Ordered steak Cobb salad. Steak was very tough and very undercooked. Also expensive for the portion.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Terrific Mussels! Fabulous service! Excellent selection of German Beer and an ever larger Beer List! We will be back to visit when in the D.C. Area. *

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved the food! Plenty of mussels! The extended beer menu was also great. Service was good even though he forgot to bring us our coffee at the end. Other than that everything was very good. We will go back!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had a difficult time getting our server’s attention and when we did reorder drinks or ask for something, it took a while to get it. Food was delicious though and we enjoy Mussel Bar!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great place for lunch. Prices and menu are great. Service was excellent.

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